GOP to sue over job search burnout
Posted On July 25, 2021
Republican senators are planning a lawsuit over the party’s ongoing job search as the party attempts to shore up its struggling presidential prospects.
The lawsuit, expected to be filed this week, is the latest chapter in a growing feud between Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn Overnight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | GOP to help cover uninsured in next year’s election | GOP seeks to end drug companies’ influence on FDA MORE (R-S.C.) and his staff and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Donald John TrumpTrump: Kim Jong Un and I will be tested again in ‘Little Ice Cube’ showdown The Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by United Healthcare — Senate panel to vote on Kavanaugh confirmation MORE (who is also on the Senate’s Republican ticket) over the pace of Senate Republican efforts to pass a spending bill, Politico reported.
The lawsuit is the second by Graham and other Republicans over Trump’s hiring practices during the campaign.
Earlier this year, the Senate voted to extend the current spending deal until Dec. 10.
The GOP also held up a bipartisan funding bill that was supposed to provide $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to the government until April.
The latest filing comes after a series of high-profile incidents during Trump’s campaign, including his comments about the sexual assault allegations against former Sen. Al Franken Alan (Al) Stuart FrankenTrump: Dems hold power in Congress with Supreme Court Al FrankenTrump Jr.: I was told by FBI agent to say nothing Russian collusion bombshell ‘could not have been worse’ for us’ The Hill reports: Trump ‘could have been impeached’ over Comey comments MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Tom Marino Thomas (Tom) Richard MarinoTrump: Democrats hold power through Supreme Court: Dems with Justice Scalia in mind should be impeached Democrats: Republicans ‘couldn’t be more wrong’ about Kavanaugh Senate GOP pushes back on Biden: Dems could have impeached me Trump ‘would never’ consider running for president again MORE (Pa.), who were arrested and charged with misdemeanor charges over the 2016 sexual misconduct allegations.
Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow Flake came to secure Kavanaugh delay House Judiciary says Google CEO will testify later this year Senate GOP leaders delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week MORE (Texas) is also the latest member of the Senate Republican leadership to publicly criticize the Trump campaign’s hiring processes.
“As the president’s numbers continue to climb, the only thing keeping this party together is our leaders and their commitment to making sure that every American gets the opportunity to pursue a full and fair career,” Cruz wrote in a tweet Friday morning.
The Hill reported that the lawsuit is expected to allege that Trump’s efforts to hire more Senate Republicans to fill vacancies on his campaign’s payroll violated Hatch Act and Hatch Act of 1978, two federal statutes designed to prevent a president from soliciting the votes of federal judges and other elected officials.
In a statement to The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFBI reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez How Flake came the closest to blocking Kavanaugh nomination How Flake got out of prison MORE (Ky.) called the allegations against Trump “baseless and untrue.”
“The Trump campaign has already begun to hire employees who will be part of the Republican team in 2018,” he said.
“The Hatch Act, the Hatch Act is an important piece of our federal law that allows our elected officials to conduct the business of government in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the office of the president.”
Sen. Rand Paul Randal (Rand) Howard PaulA Senator Gary Johnson could be good choice to be US ambassador to the United Nations Rand Paul has emerged as a rising star in the GOP Senate Rand Paul calls for a new foreign policy after Trump administration’s Russia probe MORE (Kan.), who is a member of Graham’s leadership team, echoed Cruz’s sentiments in a statement Friday morning:The Hatch act requires that any nominee to fill a vacancy on a federal judicial or other federal public employment agency be approved by the President, Senate, and House of Representatives before any nominee can be appointed.
It has historically been used as a vehicle for holding elected officials accountable for their actions.
While the Hatch act has not been invoked by a sitting president since 1993, the Trump administration has repeatedly violated it, with a number of judges and judges appointed by Trump in recent years, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
The Hatch law also prohibits an individual or organization from using its power to advance any particular policy, including its own or the agency’s, if such actions would be prejudicial to the administration’s cause or effect.
The case will likely be one of the first legal challenges to the Hatch law as it relates to the Trump White House, which has faced multiple investigations by congressional committees over its use of the law in hiring and firing of